Harrisburg Area Community College’s (HACC) upcoming Community Health Worker Program will prepare students for careers such as outreach workers, patient navigators and peer health educators.
The Harrisburg-based college announced on Wednesday that the first fully online classes for the new 12-week program begin in early February.
The new Community Health Worker Program is accredited through the Pennsylvania Certification Board and covers health care, social services, communication skills, health education and individual and community advocacy.
“Currently, there are over 400 job openings in Pennsylvania for community health workers,” said Vic Rodgers, vice president of workforce development for HACC. “HACC has designed an educational program that satisfies Pennsylvania Certification Board requirements and meets a need in the community.”
HACC is one of 15 community colleges in the state and offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certification and diploma programs.